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With Ben Lyons, Suddenly Rex Reed Doesn’t Seem So Dependably Awful

George Lang Published: December 30, 2008

Other than the Luxor in Vegas, this is the BEST PYRAMID EVER! 

Ben Lyons, the new co-host of “At the Movies,” rose up from that bastion of fine entertainment journalism, the E! Network, to inherit the televisual seat formerly occupied by Roger Ebert. The new regime does not sit well with professional critics, many of whom view the son of Jeffrey Lyons as being endemic of the general decline of film criticism.

This LA Times story not only chronicles the growing “hate storm” surrounding Lyons, but the perilous situation many critics now find themselves in as major dailies thin their ranks and studios pride themselves on releasing “critic-proof” summer movies of the “Wild Hogs” variety.

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